Ball Boy Delay tactics spread in Spain

Soccer players are renowned for stretching rules to gain an edge. Now the ball boys are getting in on the act.

Sevilla’s 3-2 victory over Villarreal on Sunday was marred by what seems a growing trend in the Spanish league — extra balls thrown onto the field to stop play.

A video replay clearly showed a ball boy tossing another ball onto the field as Villarreal pushed upfield late in the game. Another ball was heaved onto the field from the seats above Villarreal’s goal.

There were similar ploys during Real Madrid’s visit to Osasuna in January, and relegation-threatened Zaragoza employed the tactic in a victory over Getafe last month.

The offending clubs were fined a paltry $877.

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